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Bedrooms 6
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property


Located on your very own private 130' sandy beach on Lake Michigan in one of the most exclusive areas of Harbor Springs. Walk to town from one of the few rental cottages in this area. We have 5 full bedrooms (Q,Q,Q,F,T/T/T) plus a breezy sleeping porch with swinging bed. Two full baths recently renovated and a full newly remodeled kitchen with all essentials. Dining room with sweeping view of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan. Large living room includes oversize stone fireplace (we provide wood) with cable TV, wifi, etc. Large front porch is a highlight gathering place with incredible views. Sunny back deck perfect for morning coffee.

This is a spacious cottage on a unique one acre lot with flowers, 250 year old trees, and traces of 300 year old Native American path. Ample space to enjoy gardens and lawn area for games or for quiet reading. Create your own family tradition -- this is a lake cottage filled with antiques and the character of Northern Michigan that you will return to year after year.

This is not a typical rental property. This is our family summer cottage filled with quality amenities. Ideal for 2-3 families with children who are looking to create wonderful Lake Michigan memories.

More Details

Mary Higgins
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 25, 2018

About Mary Higgins

We are a family of 10 including 3 sons, their wives, and 3 grandchildren all of whom adore this little piece of heaven. My husband and his sisters came up as children with their parents, their father being the summer minister at the Episcopal Church in town. They purchased the cottage in 1950 after several years of renting and we retained ownership in l980 and thus my children spent wonderful weeks at this magical place swimming, taking sailing lessons, running around the property and having a great time. Now their children are doing the same.

Mary Higgins purchased this house in 1950

Why Mary Higgins chose Harbor Springs

We do not rent in the winter from Nov. thru May.


Harbor Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 baths; one with shower and one with clawfoot tub.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 sleeping porch - 1 twin/ single , 1 swinging bed
  • 5 full bedrooms (Q,Q,Q,D,T/T/T) plus a breezy sleeping porch with swinging bed and twin
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 7 beach chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Dishwasher, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, ice maker, gas grill, full size washer, dryer, fax machine, printer, answering machine, picnic table and chaises on the beach. Harbor Springs has great restaurants, charming shops, ice cream, fudge. We are a short drive to Petoskey, Bay Harbor, Charlevoix and Mackinac City.


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Great Getaway "Up North" in Harbor Springs

  • 5 of 5

We rented this charming, historic cottage with two other couples in August, 2011. Four of us played golf at the various courses in the area; one couple enjoyed the public tennis courts in town near the pier and some of us enjoyed wind-surfing whenever possible. You can get some great exercise by walking into town and back - about 2.5 - 3 miles round trip). The decor of the cottage is cozy and charming with all the amenities anyone could need. We had fun creating various meals after visiting the Farmer's Market Wednesday morning. It's a short walk down the steps to your own private beach where you can enjoy sunbathing or reading but "the porch" is the shining feature of this cottage. It beckons you to come and relax; serenity at it's best on a quiet afternoon, cocktails in the evening with great conversation; naps, games - you name it! It's the best - we'll be back

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our week at the cottage! A wonderful time! Plenty of room to spread out. Accommodations were comfortable. Porch was a beautiful gathering place for conversation and reading -- a favorite place! Kitchen, along with pots and pans and utensils, allowed us to cook most meals. Great combination of things to do and time to relax. Exceeded expectations!

We took a day trip to the Thorne Swift Nature Preserve (just up the road), trip up M 119 (Tunnel of Trees), and swimming on Wilderness Beaches. Also enjoyed wine tasting at Pondhill Farm - and squash rocket.

The beach is sandy and the shoreline is a bit rocky. If you plan to wade or swim, we recommend water shoes. We rented paddle boards from Outfitters and had a fun time with them.

Loved it! A precious spot with fantastic memories!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spent a Week Here

  • 4 of 5

This home is located outside of Harbor Springs on a very quiet small drive with just 3 other homes. The homes on either side are magnificent. This property is the only rental. The porch is fabulous with lots of wicker furniture and a nice swing. It has a nice view of the lake although you cannot see the beach at all due to all the trees, etc. We loved the porch for morning and evening chats and eating as well. The cottage is 100+ years old with wooden floors and I'm sure all the original woodwork. Antique lovers will adore it. Two families spent the week totaling 13 people. We had plenty of room including plenty of sleeping space. One bed was actually never used. The kitchen is small, but adequate, with a nice electric stove, frig, dishwasher, and all the necessary kitchen tools etc. along with gas and charcoal grills outside. The downstairs bathroom has been remodeled and is nice with tons and tons of towels. The upstairs bathroom is small with a claw foot tub. We could have used more bathroom space with our number of people but scheduling was not an issue. There is only one TV in the main living room and wireless internet as well. The landscaping is lovely surrounding the 30-40 steps which lead down to the private beach. The beach was very rocky along with the sand. A new dock was installed this year but the rocks reach far out into the water. I would suggest some type of water shoes. Many children's toys are provided on the beach but the kayaks and boat lying there are not yours to use. This home does not have AC and we were there during an extremely warm week in Mich. The breeze off the lake did help at night, but many times the house was stuffy. This home is centrally located to nearby Petoskey which I enjoyed more than Harbor Springs. We visited Petoskey State Park beach and spent the day on a boat at Lake Charlevoix. We also visited Mackinaw Island which is a 40 min drive. The golf course at the top of the drive as of this year (2011) no longer accepts non-members. My son, the golfer, was able to find another course nearby. I would not agree that this home is a short walk to town; its over a mile with no sidewalks and no area really conducive to walking. A bike ride perhaps - or a short drive to town. Visit Yummies in Harbor Springs for ice cream. It was delish. I fell in love with Northern Michigan; it seemed like Florida with pine trees. The lakes are lovely and I hope to visit again.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family Memories!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I just returned from a week long stay at this lovely cottage. It is charming, spacious, and relaxing. We miss the big front porch already!

We had an amazing time and really enjoyed the proximity to town, our own beach, and all the little things that the family thought of. There was never a shortage of beach toys, kitchen utensils, towels, or anything else for that matter.

We had a family of 8 adults and we never felt like we were running out of room. The golf course across the street is open to the public at 1:30pm every day, so plenty of tee times were made there along with other courses in the area!

We loved this cottage and hope to be back next year. It was very special and we have no complaints! Thank you for the amazing vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2008
  • Stayed: August 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

Cottage is a hundred years old and has character but has not been updated and is in need of some TLC and a good cleaning. You can walk to Harbor Springs but the driveway and road are narrow and busy - no sidewalks! Not much area to walk the beach either. The beach is nice but the water table is too low for fishing, or boating because there isn't a dock to reach deeper water. We were able to walk to a sandbar that was aprox. 100 to 150 yards out. Little kids can swim but not adults because of water table. House is a distance from beach and beach can't be seen from porch due to a lot of trees and underbrush so adults must be on beach to supervise children but there is no relief from sun such as shade or swimming. We did not stay for the entire week that we rented- we left two full days early. My recommendation would be to personally visit any rental prior to booking. I didn't do that in booking this cottage and I was extremely disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2008
  • Stayed: July 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a 100 year old heritage cottage which we constantly update and maintain to provide modern amenities but always to preserve the character of the building. In the last 3 years we have painted the exterior, new roof, HDTV, free high speed internet, fax, cable tv, new kitchen island and stove, new carpeting in living room; bed linens match and are updated frequently. We do tree trimming every year but prefer to keep property wooded with its 200+year old trees. This place is not suited for someone wanting a brand new home; this is our summer cottage on the beach filled with antiques and all about casual relaxing. Many rentals in this area are across the road from the beach and have 300 plus steps to access it. We have a grassy play area and one of the best beaches in the area. We take cleaning and service very seriously as it is our second home. We spend $200.00 per week for cleaning and have 2 separate care takers to insure quick response to any needs.
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Cottage beach offers swimming, fishing,canoeing, sailing,kayaking, sunning on our multiple chaises Walk to town for great shopping and dining in Harbor Springs. Bike, kayak, wind surfer rentals available in town.

Other Activities: canoeing, kayak

The Outfitters in Harbor Springs have bike, canoe, and kayak rentals

Ski: We are not available in the winter-cottage is not winterized.

We rent in June,and July. In Sept we will accept weekend rentals, but in the summer only rent by the week.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0
Refundable damage deposit $250

$4000 - $5000/Week
$1000 deposit required to guarantee rental date.
Balance due 30 days prior to rental. Rental includes all taxes, house cleaning, free laundry detergent and Cascade, herbs and spices,
beach towels and all linens.
$250 refundable damage deposit due with rental balance.

July through August $4500/week
Fall weekends by request Rates Vary
July 4th week $5200/week
Not available for winter rentals

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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